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Old August 7th, 2015, 11:27 AM
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For Keith - Bizarre Car of the Week: 1980 Leyland Mini Moke

http://www.nydailynews.com/autos/str...icle-1.2317902

Have you ever looked at a classic Mini and thought: "man, this could use fewer doors..."?

Or how about glancing at a Jeep Wrangler and thinking: "geez, I wish this wasn't so capable off-road..."?

This week's Bizarre Car answers both of those with a resounding "here I am!"

Meet the Leyland Mini Moke, a stripped-down buggy of a classic Mini Cooper. Built between 1964 and 1993, the Moke was designed by the same man who designed the original Mini, Sir Alec Issigonis. The term "Moke" is an old English dialect term meaning "donkey," and with one glance at this little weirdo it's easy to see why.

Developed as a competitor to the success of the Land Rover as a military vehicle and honest, utilitarian transport, the Moke was meant to sweep the world off their feet with its combination of utility, simplicity, and boundless charm.

Unfortunately, its meager powerplant and humble base as the original front-wheel-drive peoples' car and a low ground clearance meant that it was essentially useless off-road, so nobody was cross-shopping the Moke with a Jeep or Land Rover of the time.

Regardless, the Moke became a cult classic in adventure-laden places like the Seychelles, Australia, and even here in the States. Buyers loved it as a runabout beach buggy, and while it couldn't traverse the most treacherous of roads, it was perfectly suitable for a summer day trip.

The Moke was made in Britain, Australia, and Portugal over its 29-year run, and shared the same underpinnings with the humble Mini. Powered by either a 1.0-, 1.1-, or 1.3-liter 4-cylinder, the Moke was certainly no barn burner, but the lack of door panels and other pieces of body cladding made it as lightweight as possible.

Clean, unmodified Mokes are hard to find, and with original Minis climbing in value in recent years, these little runabouts can command a high asking price. This tastefully-modified 1980 model, built by British Leyland is available for $22,000 in British Columbia. That's about $1,000 less than the base price of a brand new Wrangler, in case you're looking for a topless 'ute for the summer time.
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If I lived on a small Caribbean island, it would be nice to drive around.
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i am not too picky..... but that seems a little over the top or flashy. =)
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Do you think 18" Boosts would fit? -Jeff
Himalaya edition moke?
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If I lived on a small Caribbean island, it would be nice to drive around.
I (briefly) considered one for just that reason. Then I came to my senses. They suck in the rain (inefficient hood), you really don't want to get t-boned (you will die) and they are incredibly prone to rust (a Caribbean specialty). Maybe if it had galvanized parts, and Efi engine, and beefed up sides, but even then it'd be hell in a torrential downpour!
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I was thinking more of a Doke. (Donk+Moke)
A Hoke then?
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I'll take your Mini Moke and raise you a Citroen Mehari 4x4
Back in the 80's in South America every cool kid had a Mehari

The frame will bend often, cheap 2 cyl
We use to throw our stand up jet ski in the bed, windsurf on top and a nice bag of 420 LOL

When I left Argentina, my mom kept my Mehari stored for years telling everyone " I will keep it for his return " I think my mom sold it 15 yrs ago
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I have seen a couple of these down in Ocean Reef. They are really small and low. Pretty cool for ORC as they are different than one of the many golf carts and you can still park in a cart spot.
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With all this Mini Moke talk I am sure Bill Cocks' antennae are going nuts.
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Kind of reminds me of this 50s Fiat Jolly thing we kept at our place in Acapulco. I'm not sure where my grandfather had picked it up but I've never seen another in person. Definitely much better looking than this thing but same idea. It was doorless with a vinyl top and vinyl seats. It was fantastic to cruise around town in or down to the marina and back with all our gear.
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